Just as my
world is being changed everyday here by this amazing opportunity, so we can
change young people's worlds. The world is ever changing, yet remaining the same--especially
in terms of the circumstances we grow up in. But I believe that if we can help
to transform the frame or lens through which young people see the world around
them, we open the window of possibility.
This is exciting and inspiring, but it also scares me to no end. Rodrigo Guerrero said a number of times last week, "This is serious business!" That sentence has been etched on my heart as I realize the immense responsibility that comes with working with children. We are all in a sense stewards of these young lives. As teachers, mentors and opportunity-givers, the honor is ours, to be able to give and share music and 'life' with others. It is also our responsibility to see potential, and then help children to see this potential in themselves.
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Monique van Willingh
Sistema Fellow '13